April 19, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Mitch
314-795-6821
Graney takes over as President
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USBWA NAMES 2016-17 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Ed Graney, columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, moved into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's presidency position at the association's annual business meeting during this year's NCAA Men's Final Four in Houston.

Graney succeeds Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports, as president of the USBWA.

Mike Waters, Syracuse Post-Standard, was elected third vice president. Moving up in the rotation of officers were Vahe Gregorian, Kansas City Star, first vice president, and David Teel, Newport News Daily Press, second vice president.

Named to the board as district reps for three-year terms were Joe Juliano, Philadelphia Inquirer, District II; Jeff Greer, Louisville Courier-Journal, District IV; Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman, District VI; Carlos Mendez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, District VII; Geoff Grammar, Albuquerque Journal, District VIII; and Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, District IX. Bernadette Cafarelli, American Athletic Conference, was chosen as SID representative and Randy McClure, Rush the Court, as New Media liaison.

Returning as district reps, with their year on the board in parentheses, are Laura Keeley, Raleigh News & Observer (third), District III; Tom Noie, South Bend Tribune (third), District V; and Seth Davis, CBS Sports (second), and Jeff Goodman, ESPN (second), as at-large representatives. Mel Greenberg is the liaison for women's basketball.

Joe Mitch serves as executive director. John Akers is Tipoff editor, and Ted Gangi is the USBWA webmaster.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

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2016-17 USBWA Officers